It seems that not even a shoe malfunction can slow Justyn Knight down this season.

The Syracuse University student says he lost one of his cross-country spikes at around the 1K mark of the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships and faded to fifth-last after he stopped to put the shoe back on. The Canadian and 2017 IAAF World Championships finalist in the 5,000m rebounded to win his third-straight regional individual title ahead of the NCAA Division One Cross-Country Championships.

“I lost it [at] about 1K [and] ended up in fifth-last and then worked my way up before the mile,” Knight says. “So it wasn’t too bad but still an interesting experience.”

When asked whether he considered continuing the race with just the one cross-country spike, Knight said no. Knight won the men’s 10K in 31:43 over teammate Colin Bennie as the Orange won the men’s team championship portion of the regional championships on Friday. Knight has not lost a cross-country race this late-summer and fall.

The race was held in Amherst, N.Y. and hosted by the University of Buffalo.

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“I knew my team would do fine without me if I couldn’t make it back to the top,” he says. “But the course was absolutely flooded and it was -4 C so I couldn’t race without it.”

The NCAA Division One Cross-Country Championships are Nov. 18 in Louisville, Ken.

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